Cleveland State’s men’s soccer team faced the Loyola Ramblers, drawing 2-2 in their home opener on Sept. 1 at Krenzler Field.
The Vikings had positive takeaways from their home opening performance. CSU took advantage of attacking opportunities early in the game. The team's forward captain, Bojan Kolevski, set the tone for the team by scoring the first goal. CSU forward Marko Rimac also scored in the second half of the game. The Vikings converted two of four of their shots on goal.
Loyola had 20 total shots, nine of which were on goal. The Vikings' defense and goaltending kept Loyola from converting on chances in the first half of the game. However, the momentum shifted after Loyola's first goal in the 68th minute. The Ramblers converted a game-tying header from a free kick in the match's final seconds.
The Vikings' goaltending showed depth. Starting goalkeeper Ryan Poling had one save and did not allow a goal in 33 minutes before being substituted off with an apparent injury. No other details have been provided on his status at this time. Stephen Yerian replaced him as goalkeeper and made six saves in his first college game. Even if the Vikings did not want this result, they have takeaways to build off of for their upcoming matches.
Next up, Cleveland State returns to Krenzler Field on Sept. 9 to play Oakland at 7 p.m.